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Colorado Child Welfare Scholars Consortium



The Colorado Child Welfare Scholars Consortium (CCWSC), formerly known as the Child Welfare Stipend Program, in the MSU Denver Department of Social Work aims to support and grow a well-prepared workforce for child welfare in Colorado.

The Child Welfare Scholars program is designed for BSSW and MSW students interested in pursuing a career as a Colorado county child welfare caseworker or supervisor.

The Scholars Program is an excellent way for social work students to gain knowledge and experience. Scholars have a high rate of immediate employment post-graduation.

Financial stipend amounts range from $3,500 - $14,000/academic year. The Scholars Program is a competitive process. Learn more about Child Welfare Scholars Program Eligibility & Requirements.



The Colorado Child Welfare Scholars Consortium is a statewide partnership between the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Colorado county departments of human services, Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver), and three additional Colorado-based universities:

  • Colorado State University (CSU) Pueblo
  • Colorado State University (CSU) Fort Collins
  • University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW)
  • University of Colorado (CU) Colorado Springs

Since 1995, CDHS has awarded over two million dollars in child welfare stipends to MSU Denver’s social work students who are completing their degrees with a focus on children and families. The Scholars Consortium is federally funded by Title IV-E of the Social Security Act and matching state funds.

What do child welfare workers do?

Child welfare workers, supervisors and managers have an opportunity to work in a variety of capacities and with a diverse population of children, youth and families. Primary responsibilities of a case worker include: intake, assessment, case planning, permanency and ongoing services across all areas of child welfare.

MSU child welfare scholars have the opportunity to participate in the Fundamentals training for new caseworkers in Colorado. This training series provides students with specific child welfare policies and practices to Colorado. Participation in the process certifies students to be child welfare caseworkers in Colorado post-graduation, a great resume booster!

Watch this video to learn more about being a caseworker in Colorado!

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Learn more about Child Welfare Scholars Program Eligibility & Requirements

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